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San José, Costa Rica

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From prestigious universities to hip gastropubs, a vibrant artistic culture to a booming music scene, San José blends urban color and stunning natural beauty; when you study abroad in San José, 800多英里的海岸线和郁郁葱葱的热带雨林距离这个多元化的大都市中心只有很短的车程. When you’re studying abroad in San José, your immersion opportunities are limitless: You can hike on a volcano, explore the rainforest, and get up-close-and-personal with sloths. You can give back to your host community through volunteering, learn new dance moves, and lounge on the beach (Pacific or Caribbean? Take your pick!) Choose from a range of academic offerings in fields uniquely suited for study in San José, like Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Spanish Language.

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Programs to love in San José

Programs to love in San José

Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences

Improve your fluency, delve into local culture, and learn about environmental issues in a country known for its amazing biodiversity. Designed for all levels of Spanish language proficiency, you’ll take at least one Spanish language course and choose from a range of electives.

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Medical Spanish & Health Sciences

掌握语言技能和对文化元素的理解,在与讲西班牙语的病人一起工作时可能会发挥作用. Designed for students at all levels of Spanish ability who wish to work in the medical and health sciences fields, 该项目提供健康科学课程(英语授课),提供对哥斯达黎加卫生保健系统的深入了解,并提供积极的学习内容,加强课堂学习. 从识别医学词汇到描述患者的身心状态,再到与患者和其他医务人员的沟通, 语言课程侧重于在医学背景下通过强化口语和听力练习培养与患者有效沟通的能力. Advanced students will fine-tune their language skills, discussing topics such as advantages and disadvantages of traditional vs. holistic medicine and preparing talks or presentations given at clinics or conferences. Regardless of the level of instruction, expect to give presentations that simulate medical provider-patient interactions. 早期开始选项可以帮助您在学期医学西班牙语课程开始之前快速启动(常规)西班牙语技能.

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Intensive Spanish Language

Intensive Spanish Language

Veritas University

西班牙语强化课程允许所有语言水平的学生在短时间内专注于语言的提高. Your language courses will focus on oral comprehension and expression, listening comprehension, and grammar components appropriate to your language level.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Studying abroad in Costa Rica is a life changing event for many students. When you study abroad in San José, you experience learning outside the traditional classroom setting, gain international insight, and expand your sense of cultural awareness. 考虑到这个小国拥有世界上5%的生物多样性,并且是可持续发展努力的先驱, it’s an ideal destination to study environmental sciences.
San José is the most expensive city in Costa Rica. While it’s typically cheaper than other U.S. capital cities, it’s pricier than places in South America like Buenos Aires and Valparaiso. Reach out to your financial advisor to come up with a financial plan!
San José is known as a peaceful place, but petty theft in popular tourist areas and on public transportation is common. Costa Rica is considered the safest country in Latin America with low violent crime rates, so it’s generally a safe city for study abroad students.

CEA CAPA offers one housing option while you're studying abroad in San José. In some study locations you may also have the option of arranging your own independent housing. For more information on housing, connect with your student advisor.

CEA CAPA圣何塞留学项目为希望像当地人一样在国外生活的文化寻求学生提供寄宿家庭作为标准住房选择. 学生通常被安置在距离CEA CAPA圣何塞中心和Veritas大学步行距离(约10-20分钟)的寄宿家庭.

San José Housing options include:

  • Homestay
  • Independent Living
With the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, San José is home to over 800 miles of coastline and lots of lush rainforests to explore. Costa Rica’s capital city blends urban life and natural beauty with prestigious universities, popular gastropubs, and vibrant artistic culture to national parks, wildlife, and waterfalls. It’s a very walkable city, famous for its commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. San José is most known for its world-class museums, parks, theaters, and historic buildings.
San José is in the central valley of Costa Rica, in the center of the country surrounded by an impressive range of environments to explore and species to encounter.
What's Included in your Program'

What's Included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Onsite Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Onsite Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna

Manuel Antonio National Park

Doka Estate Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Explore the region around your host city and gain a better understanding of local culture through CEA CAPA excursions! Excursions are offered for all semester and summer programs. You’ll receive a calendar of available excursions during your onsite orientation. Below are excursions we’ve offered in the past.

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna (Summer)
Arenal Volcano is located next to La Fortuna, built in 1969 after the original town was destroyed by a huge eruption. On the way to La Fortuna, you’ll stop at Finca Don Juan, an organic farm where you’ll learn about organic products like cassava. Next enjoy a hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can swim in cool waters hidden in the jungle. Finish your day with a visit to Baldi Hot Springs , where you can relax in the many water pools naturally heated by Arenal Volcano.
Excursion includes some meals.

Manuel Antonio National Park (Summer)
Located on the Central Pacific Coast in Puntarenas Province, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular and beautiful national parks and home to many endangered species, such as the Titi monkey. On the way to Manuel Antonio, you’ll stop at the Tárcoles River to watch huge crocodiles in their natural habitat. Once inside Manuel Antonio, keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, and many species of birds and insects as you enjoy the pristine beaches, beautiful waterfalls, and impressive lookout points in this lush tropical forest. 海滩上出售的丰富多彩的手工艺品使这里成为为亲人购买纪念品的理想之地.
Excursion includes some meals.

Monteverde Cloud Forest (Semester & Summer)
Visit a cloud forest that boasts a complex, far-reaching ecosystem that’s home to thousands of species of mammals, birds, insects, and plants, including many endemic and endangered species. Take a night walk to observe fascinating nocturnal animals like spiders and snakes, and immerse in the cloud forest through a tour of hanging bridges. During your free time, you can explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and experience being both the Caribbean and the Pacific sides of the country at once by stepping on the Continental Divide.
Excursion includes some meals.

Doka Estate Coffee Tour & Poas Volcano

从山腰享受美丽的景色,品味一杯温暖的咖啡,你凝视着阿拉胡埃拉的咖啡种植园. Thanks to eruptions from Poás Volcano, this land’s rich soil is perfect for growing coffee, one of Costa Rica’s major exports. Next, you’ll head to the volcano where you’ll take a short hike up to its crater, which is one of the biggest in the world (2 kilometers in diameter). There the turquoise acid pool and fumaroles are visible coming out of the sides of the crater.

Take advantage of the unique flavors of San José! CEA CAPA offers a variety of local immersion activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our resident staff helps you get involved in the local culture.

Soccer and Other Sports
Soccer is Costa Rica's national sport and one of the things that makes ticos and ticas vibrate. It’s also a great way to get to know people and stay in shape! Veritas大学组织了一支由国际学生组成的足球队,他们与当地学生或其他客队比赛. Soccer practice takes place at a nearby park two or three times a week, depending on student schedules. You’ll make many new friends and learn why this sport has such a strong global following. You’ll also have the chance to attend a soccer game between national or international rivals, a great experience for sports lovers.

Dancing
Costa Ricans are known for being great dancers — in fact, one of the most popular activities for both young and old is going dancing on weekends! Join the Veritas dance class and learn to salsa, merengue, cumbia, and swing dance like a true tico. Local students often stop by to listen to the music and help out the dance teacher. After a few classes, 你将加入舞蹈团,CEA CAPA和Veritas的工作人员在镇上一个受欢迎的舞蹈俱乐部练习你的新技能. Classes are free and meet twice a week in the evenings.

Cooking
要了解一个国家的文化,没有比体验它的烹饪艺术更好的方法了——现在你可以学着做你最喜欢的菜,回家后和你的朋友和家人分享. Join a cooking class and learn how to make delicious regional dishes like gallo-pinto, empanadas, pati, casado, sopa negra, arroz con pollo, and more. You’ll be surprised by the many types of fruits and vegetables incorporated into Costa Rican cuisine. Classes meet once a week and require a $15 contribution for ingredients.

Volunteer Opportunities
CEA CAPA与当地和国际非营利组织建立了关系,为您提供帮助那些不幸的人的机会. During the second week of each term, CEA CAPA onsite staff present available volunteering opportunities. Please note, most volunteering opportunities require basic knowledge of Spanish language (Basic II level).

Here a few of the volunteer projects students have participated in the past:

  • Assisting At-Risk Children: Volunteer at an orphanage and/or day care center. You must bring a criminal background check issued by your local police in the U.S. in order to participate in this volunteer opportunity.
  • Special Olympics - Costa Rica: 协助健康专业人员进行职业和物理治疗,以改善4 - 12岁儿童的认知发展和身体技能. Spanish required: intermediate level.

CEA CAPA Tandem Language Exchange
Join Costa Rican English students from the CR-US Binational Center and engage in informal conversational activities. Half the time is dedicated to speaking Spanish, and the other half to English.

Veritas Conversation Club
Veritas大学的教师领导一个谈话俱乐部,帮助你练习你的谈话技巧,并从教授那里得到即时的反馈. Meet other local students and make new friends when you participate in this university activity.

Content Creator Program
Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the CEA CAPA Content Creator Program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program
Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! 这次宝博体育可以让你在获得工作经验的同时帮助其他学生在国外学习,并扩大你的专业网络.

Career and Re-entry Workshop*
Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

*With the exception of students participating in short-term and intensive month programs

¡Dale!: Doing And Learning Events*
Join the ¡Dale! program and participate in healthy activities. You'll get:

  • Workshops
  • Yoga classes
  • Fruit Mondays

*Subject to availability

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San José Housing

San José Housing

*住房选择可能会随学期而变化,并将在学期开始前在住房申请表上确认. Below are the housing options that have been offered in the past.

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Engage in San Jose’s pura vida culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a local Costa Rican family. For the culture-seeking type who want to live life abroad as their host locals do, homestays enable students the opportunity to dive headfirst into Costa Rican life.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in San Jose: 10-20 minutes, walking
  • Veritas University: 10-20 minutes, walking

 

Meals Included

• 2 meals per day – Breakfast & Dinner (Mon - Sun) included, except on excursion days

Roommates

  • 1-3 students per room; may be up to 5 students per room, depending on enrollment  
  • Up to 4 students per Homestay; may be up to 8 students per Homestay, depending on enrollment  

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer Only
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While CEA CAPA highly recommends that you choose one of our San José housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

在申请截止日期之前,使用在线住房申请表申请此选项的许可. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA CAPA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, 对于在申请截止日期之后搬出CEA CAPA住房或选择独立生活安排的学生,不给予回扣.

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Institutions

Institutions

Veritas University
Veritas University

Since its founding in 1976, Veritas University has become one of the most highly recognized private universities in Latin America. Not only is Veritas fully accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Education, 但它也是国际研究学院联盟和宝博体育工作者协会的成员.

With approximately 2,000 students, 500 of whom are international, Veritas University is located in the eastern part of the city (Zapote), ten minutes from downtown San José and only one kilometer from the Casa Presidencial. The school offers a complete range of subjects and a great variety of cultural, artistic, and athletic activities.

The university’s spacious campus is equipped with modern facilities, including several computer labs and a well-maintained library. CEA CAPA offers a practical and well-organized Spanish language program, led by a highly trained and experienced staff of university professors.

Credit Transfer Information

CEA CAPA credit hour recommendations are based on the following conversion: 15 contact hours equals 1 U.S. credit. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university. Please consult with an academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Transcript Information

Students receive a transcript from Veritas University upon successful completion of the program. The transcript reflects the contact hours per course.

Accreditation

Ranked among Costa Rica’s top 10 universities, Veritas获得哥斯达黎加公共教育部的全面认可,是国际研究学院联盟和NAFSA的成员.

Grading
从CEA CAPA海外合作机构到美国评分标准的转换是在与我们的记录学院协商后确定的,并与该领域的其他同行机构进行基准测试.
Please note that CEA CAPA can only recommend 将成绩转换到学生所在的学校——最终由学生所在的学校自行决定是否将国外的成绩转换为学生的学习记录.
For further information or details about grade conversion for a particular host institution, please reach out to our Registrar at registrar@ceacapa.com
Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from Veritas University teach your language and elective classes.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Teaching styles in Costa Rica may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 25 students and includes CEA CAPA participants and other international students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Learning Services
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Free Campus Shuttle
  • Copy & Mail Center
  • On-campus ATM
  • Museum & Art Galleries
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San José Staff

Maggie Banchs

Maggie Banchs

Program Director, San Jose
Yeison Carvajal

Yeison Carvajal

Student Services Coordinator